This Day in Music History
1915 : Billie Holiday aka Lady Day, born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. African-American jazz singer and songwriter.
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (17 July 1959)
1920 : Ravi Shankar, born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Indian musician and composer who played the sitar.
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (11 December 2012)
1922 : Mongo Santamaria, born Ramón Santamaría Rodríguez in Havana, Cuba. Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist and rumba quinto master.
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (1 February 2003)
1935 : Bobby Bare, born Robert Joseph Bare in Ironton, Ohio. American country music singer and songwriter.
1937 : Charlie Thomas, born in Lynchburg, Virginia. American rhythm and blues singer. (The Drifters)
1938 : Spencer Dryden born in New York City. American musician. (Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage - drums)
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (11 January 2005)
1938 : Freddie Hubbard, born Frederick Dewayne Hubbard in Indianapolis, Indiana. American jazz trumpeter.
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (29 December 2008)
1943 : Mick Abrahams, born Michael Timothy Abrahams in Luton, Bedfordshire. English musician. (Jethro Tull - original member, guitar)
1947 : Pat Bennett, born Patricia Bennett in The Bronx, New York City. American vocalist. (The Chiffons)
1948 : Carol Douglas, born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City. American singer.
1948 : Dallas Taylor, born Dallas Woodrow Taylor Jr. in Denver, Colorado. American session drummer. (Clear Light, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Neil Young, Manassas)
1949 : Wells Kelly, American musician. (Orleans [1972-1981] - founding member, drums, vocals)
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (28 October 1984)
1949 : John Oates, born John William Oates in New York City. American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, musician, songwriter and producer. (Hall & Oates)
1951 : Bruce Gary, born Bruce David Gary in Burbank, California. American musician and producer. (The Knack - drums, percussion)
See also: This Day in Music History Deaths (22 August 2006)
1951 : Janis Ian, born Janis Eddy Fink in New York City. American songwriter, singer, musician, columnist and science fiction author.